The usual before-school sales have already started and families are thinking about gearing up for the 2017-2018 school year. Some parents will have less time to prepare if their school districts start classes before the Labor Day holiday.
Some 120 school districts have obtained waivers from the Michigan Department of Education to allow classes to begin before Labor Day. The following is a listing of area schools and their start dates, according to their websites.
*Hastings Area School System: Monday, Aug. 28
*Maple Valley Public Schools: Monday, Aug. 21
*Delton Kellogg Schools: Tuesday, Sept. 5
*Thornapple Kellogg Schools: Tuesday, Aug. 22
*Lakewood Public Schools: Wednesday, Aug. 23
*Caledonia Community Schools: Monday, Aug. 28
*Wayland Union Schools: Tuesday, Sept.5.
*Barry County Christian School, Tuesday, Sept. 5